Brian Mackey

Illinois Statehouse Reporter

Brian Mackey covers Illinois state government and politics from the WUIS Statehouse bureau. He was previously A&E editor at The State Journal-RegisterĀ and Statehouse bureau chief for theĀ Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. He can be reached at (217) 206-6020.

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New Illinois Law
1:26 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Not So Fast With 70 MPH Speed Limit

This Illinois Department of Transportation map shows where the speed limit increases to 70 mph as of January 1, 2014.
Credit IDOT

Beginning January 1, the maximum speed limit in Illinois will increase to 70 miles an hour. But you might want to hold off on the throttle for at least a few weeks.

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Cell Phone Usage/Speed Limit
8:03 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Driving Laws Changing in Illinois in 2014

Anyone driving in Illinois after January 1, 2014 must be prepared for some significant changes.

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Governor Will Sign the Bill
9:08 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Illinois Legislature Passes Pension Reform

The Illinois Capitol
Credit Brian Mackey

The Illinois General Assembly has approved sweeping changes to pensions for state employees and Governor Pat Quinn said he will sign the legislation.

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Settlement with Bank
10:29 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Money Coming in for Illinois Pensions

Credit Rich Egger

Illinois' pension funds will be getting $100 million in restitution from J.P. Morgan Chase.

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Bill Sent to Governor
7:09 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Same-Sex Marriage Coming to Illinois

Credit The Guardian

Supporters of same-sex marriage in Illinois have been pushing hard for legalization for the better part of a year.

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